Law enforcement weigh in on home-surveillance systems
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- From street corners to businesses, and even right in your pocket, cameras are everywhere these days. Now more and more homeowners are investing in camera systems as well. But the measure goes beyond feeling safer.
"They're actually tremendous tool for us to have if somebody has that footage available to us when we're conducting our investigations. It's probably one of the first things that's asked by the responding officers to see if somebody has that type of system in their home," says Chemung County Acting Sheriff Bill Schrom.
Police are seeing more home-owners taking action when it comes to their own protection. He explains how at-home camera security systems also help law enforcement better protect the entire community during an investigation.
"During that neighborhood canvas, they'll ask these people, 'Hey, by any chance do you have surveillance systems yourself?' And often times the footage of other peoples' homes is helpful to our investigation. It's not always just the home that was burglarized or targeted," Schrom explains.
If you're thinking about investing in a home-surveillance system, you don't have to break the bank.
"Any type of footage, regardless of quality is going to be helpful. Anytime you have something you can visually look at, whether it just helps you get a description, a clothing description, to something as simple as identifying a male or female, it's always helpful," says Schrom.
Schrom also recommends, if you plan to make the purchase, install cameras in visible locations around your home, including of course the front and back entry ways.